This Temple In Hampi Is A Hot Spot Of Fine Craftsmanship, Architecture And History
On your getaway to Hampi, visit Vitthala Temple for its fine craftsmanship, architecture, and history that is unparalleled.
What Makes It Awesome
Dated back to the 18th Century, Vitthala Temple was built during the reign of King Devaraya II who was one of the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire. Vitthala Temple is one of the must-visit places for anyone who loves history, ancient architecture and fine craftsmanship. The very famous chariot temples that are widely associated with Hampi comes from this very temple.
Built in the Dravidian style of architecture, this temple is presumably one of the grandest temples and monuments in Hampi. Each section of the temple is made out of stones and carved with intricate details that are been marvelled at till date. One of the main attractions here is the Maha Mantapa (Main Hall) which is located in the inner courtyard of the main temple area. It is one of the oldest mandapas in Hampi with a base decorated with carvings of warriors, horses, and swans, dancers and general events of the time. Check out the intricate carvings of Lord Narshima and Yali on the pillars in the central area of the main mandapa. Also, try to find all the animals in the six in one decorative pillar statues.
Another Insta-worthy attraction here is the Stone Chariot, which is the most photographed spot in Hampi. Any tourism ad; the first hit when you search for Hampi online, and that's the one you see. Well, do it for the Gram and show the world that you were there! Interestingly enough, as the temple is dedicated to Lord Vitthala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the stone temple is dedicated to the chariot of Lord Vishnu, Garuda.
Another interesting area that one must check out and is very peculiar to Vitthala Temple is the musical pillars carved out of single pieces of stone. The seven pillars emit the seven raagas or notes and it is still an unsolved mystery. You could either drive down to Hampi or take a bus there. Another possible way is to take a flight to Bellary and drive to Hampi. However, we'd suggest to take a bus or drive down as you'd miss the scenic drive.
The temple is located at the end of Vitthala Bazaar and is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week. It is easily accessible and has no entry fee. You could easily spend about 4 hours marvelling at this historic temple and go gaga over its architecture.
The best time to visit Vitthala Temple is around November to February. So your winter getaway is now sorted!